I'm computer science graduate and I would like to ask for your inputs regarding my current predicament.
I used to be a software engineer in an IT company. I was a functional support of a certain system. I left the company to pursue another career which was a programming career. I overestimated my optimism and thought I could easily land a new job but failed. I went freelance for one year. I know, I made a very wrong decision about this but I learned my lesson.
Now, I'm working as a database encoder (definitely a job mismatch since im in the medical department and doing a non-IT related work) in a healthcare company (current salary is about 25% lower) for about 3 months now. My Aunt is friends with my boss here so I couldn't reject the offer to work and I thought it's better to have a regular job (even if it pays lower than my previous job) than doing freelance work.
While I highly appreciate the way my boss takes care of me and her effort to build me up so I could move up the ladder and be promoted (she talked to me and told me that the president of the company is eyeing me to be the lead of a new business unit they are planning to create), my current pay is not really enough to get by smoothly. I couldn't have savings at all and literally live on an equivalent of $2/day. I want to apply for another IT company which will guarantee me at least a 50-75% increase in pay.
If you were in my place, would you stay in your current job with a small salary in hopes of having a higher pay once you get promoted and because your boss is making an effort to build you up, or leave as soon as you land a new job in an IT company which definitely will pay higher?
Honestly, I don't really like my current job (i dont hate it too, it's just that I think I'd be happier working in an IT field) but what matters to me is the pay since I need money to live because I support my family (bills, food, and medication).
I am open to all sorts of opinion be it negative or positive.
Thank you so much!
EDIT: I couldn't delete my post. Question already flagged for being Off-topic and asked mods for thread deletion or closure. thank you so much to all who commented! Will read rules next time prior to posting.